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Coal production drops in eastern Ky.

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

WHITESBURG, Ky. -- Kentucky statistics show that coal production in some of the state's historically big producers dropped in 2012 to the lowest levels seen in 47 years.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet reported that production in Letcher County fell to 2.97 million tons last year, a 36 percent drop from the year before and a fall of more than 50 percent since 2009. The Mountain Eagle reported that Pike County saw a fall in production of 12.9 million tons in 2012, dropping it from the top spot among coal producing counties in Kentucky.

Union County, in the western coalfields, produced 13.5 million tons -- a 9.3 percent increase over 2011 to take the top spot on the list. The cabinet also reported that on-site employment at coal mines in eastern Kentucky has fallen from 13,000 jobs in 2011 to 9,500 in 2012.

Gas prices continue to fall across West Virginia

CHARLESTON -- The price of gas continues to fall in West Virginia.

The Triple A's weekly fuel gauge reports a 4-cent decline in the price per gallon of gas since last week. The statewide average is $3.69 a gallon, which remains higher than the national average of $3.64. The auto club attributes the cheaper gas to an increase in production.

and lower oil prices in early March.

In West Virginia, pump prices range from a low of $3.61 in Parkersburg to a high of $3.78 in Martinsburg.